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Here's the alleged headbutt that could see Dylan Hartley miss the Rugby World Cup

He just can’t stay out of trouble.

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DYLAN HARTLEY IS back in the dock again and facing ANOTHER ban.

The Northampton hooker has been charged with headbutting an opponent during the Premiership semi-final defeat to Saracens.

If found guilty at Wednesday’s disciplinary hearing, Hartley will most likely miss the entirety of the Rugby World Cup.

Any suspension would only begin when Hartley is due to play next — England’s first warm-up match is against France on 15 August — and so an expected ban of 10 weeks would run until the end of October.

Hartley could try to plead good behaviour but when you’ve been suspended for a cumulative 50 weeks in your career, including a 26-week ban for gouging, it’s a tough argument to make.

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